Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band
New music with old soul!
Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band are creating exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You’ll hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds. They are all outstanding and versatile instrumentalists and great harmony singers. And if anyone can match the youthful energy of his bandmates it is Ken Whiteley.
The Founding Story
It’s been 10 years since Ben Whiteley first began performing with his Dad, Canadian folk legend Ken Whiteley. This past winter they decided to share the producer role for Ken’s new cd and Ben began sharing his insight about where he thought his father’s work might best focus. That shaped a winter of songwriting with definite funky, folky elements. As spring returned, they began talking about who best to play this new material with. When they got together with banjoist extraordinaire, Frank Evans and fantastic fiddler, Rosalyn Dennett, not only did the arrangements come alive, but they found they had that most special of things - a marvelous, 3 part vocal blend. And so was born Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band!
Ken Whiteley has a long and honored history on the roots music scene. He has received 7 Juno Award Nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for the Best Original Song in a Canadian movie and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival. He has appeared at literally hundreds of folk festivals and concerts across North America and performed with legends such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, John Hammond, Stan Rogers and Raffi. His production work on 140 albums has resulted in 22 Juno Nominations, 2 Grammy Nominations and a host of other awards.
Rosalyn Dennett is a founding member of Winnipeg’s “Oh My Darling” and has a great feel for not only old timey music and it’s new timey incarnations but also swing and blues fiddle a la Stuff Smith. Frank Evans is a pillar of Toronto’s old time and bluegrass scene playing with a wide circle of musicians including the Slocan Ramblers. Ben Whiteley has been an extremely busy string bass player, touring all over North America and Europe with Basia Bulat, New Country Rehab and the Good Lovelies, among others.
NERFA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 2015
@ NERFA, The Beulahs are fiddler Rosalyn Dennett, banjoist Rob McLaren, bassist Mark Murphy
* OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Saturday 8:35pm in the Manhattan Room
* Folk Music Canada showcase, Thursday 12:15am, Room 1311
* Folk Music Canada showcase, Friday 1pm, Room 1311
* Common Ground Roadhouse showcase, Friday 1:10am, Room 1504
* Musical Chairs showcase Saturday 12am, Room 1324
* Acoustic Music Scene showcase, Saturday 2am, Room 1506
FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 2015
* OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Friday 9:30pm in Plaza B *
* Borealis Showcase Thursday 11-11:30pm Plaza B* Artists in Motion Sponsored Showcase Friday 12:05-12:25pm Plaza B
* MusicOntario Showcase Saturday 12:15-12:40am Room 344
In Concert: March 5/16 Northern Lights Folk Club (Edmonton, AB) * March 4/16 Rocky Mountain Folk Club (Calgary, AB) * Nov 12-15 NERFA Conference, Official Showcase * Nov. 7 Octave Theatre (Kingston, ON) * Oct. 15-18 FMO Conference, Official Showcase * Sept. 25 McLaren Arts Centre (Barrie, ON) * Sept. 5-6 Shelter Valley Folk Festival (Grafton, ON) * June 26-28 Old Songs Festival of Traditonal Music and Dance (Altamont, NY) * May 10 Ontario Scene Festival (Ottawa, ON) *
Bookings: Currently accepting performance dates. Please email shari (at) kenwhiteley (dot) com